Anti-government protestors in Iran shout 'death to the dictator' over rising prices and alleged corruption

Business Insider | 12/29/2017 | Reuters
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Protests broke out in several cities across Iran this week over rising prices and alleged corruption by President Hassan Rouhani.

Conservative allies of the government branded the protestors as enemies of the state.

Videos - Media - Protestors - Slogans - Death

Videos on social media show protestors shouting anti-government slogans, including "death to (President Hassan) Rouhani" and "death to the dictator."

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian riot police dispersed protesters shouting anti-government slogans in the western city of Kermanshah on Friday, a day after similar protests in the country's northeast, the semi-official news agency Fars reported.

Outbreak - Discontent - Prices - Corruption - Concern

The outbreak of regional unrest reflects growing discontent over rising prices and alleged corruption, as well as concern over the Islamic Republic's costly involvement in regional conflicts such as Syria and Iraq.

About 300 demonstrators gathered after what Fars called a "call by the anti-revolution" and shouted "political prisoners should be freed" and "freedom or death", while destroying some public property. Fars did not name any opposition groups.

Protests - Kermanshah - City - Region - Earthquake

The protests in Kermanshah, the main city in a region where an earthquake killed over 600 people in November, came a day after hundreds rallied in Iran's second largest city Mashhad to protest against high prices and shout anti-government slogans.

Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators yelling, "The people are begging, the clerics act like God".

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Police arrested 52 people in Thursday's protests, Fars quoted a judicial official as saying in Mashhad, one of the holiest places in Shi'ite Islam.

In social media footage, riot police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds.

Protests - Iran - Security - Services - Unrest

Purely political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are omnipresent. The last unrest of national significance occurred in 2009 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election as president ignited eight months of street protests. Pro-reform rivals said the vote was rigged.

But demonstrations are often held by workers over layoffs or non-payment of salaries and people who hold deposits in...
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